One of the greatest impacts of climate change on the Chesapeake Bay watershed will be stormwater management. The Chesapeake region is in the position to take national leadership on the issue of climate change impacts to our vulnerable coastal communities. Rather than resorting to retreat, or relying on conventional stormwater strategies already proving ineffective, the people of Maryland and Virginia have an opportunity to demonstrate their resiliency in the face of change. This report examines and addresses the potential legal obstacles and describes the most promising pathways within the existing legal framework. For state and municipal leaders looking to go even further, the report recommends specific actions that legislative and regulatory bodies can take to modify the current stormwater management regime so as to more easily incorporate pragmatic consideration of climate change impacts. A fact sheet on the report is available here.
Green Infrastructure for Chesapeake Stormwater Management: Legal Tools for Climate Resilient Siting